Hotel at a Glance: Swann House Historical Dupont Circle Inn
Nineteenth-century charm abounds at Swann House Historical Dupont Circle Inn, located in a circa-1883 mansion with original fireplaces and plaster moldings. Guest rooms are adorned with antique artwork and beds; some deluxe and luxury rooms also have access to private or semi-private patios filled with fragrant flowers. Conveniently located near Dupont Circle, the B&B is just a short walk or metro ride from Washington, DC attractions.
- Distance from the White House: 12 blocks
- Sleep like a baby on hypoallergenic featherbeds and plump down pillows swathed in sateen sheets.
- Complimentary breakfast of homemade granola, freshly baked pastries, and a hot entree that may include frittata with farm-fresh vegetables or french toast stuffed with sauteed apples
- Snack attack: Each afternoon the innkeepers serve a selection of homemade treats, such as cookies, scones and jam, or a cheese platter, with lemonade, iced tea, and golden sherry.
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC: Historic Charm and Dynamic Nightlife
In Dupont Circle, located about 2 miles north of downtown, foreign embassies housed in historic mansions neighbor hole-in-the-wall bars and boutiques. During the day, crowds gather in Dupont Circle's park to watch chess players hustle on permanent stone-table boards. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the neighborhood’s elaborate centerpiece—the two-tiered, white-marble Dupont Circle Fountain. At night, check out the bars along Connecticut Avenue, which range from Latin lounges to beer pubs and high-end clubs.
Two blocks from the fountain, The Phillips Collection showcases paintings by Renoir, Van Gogh, and O'Keeffe. A quick ride on the Metro will drop you off at the National Mall, a tree-lined open space that stretches more than 2 miles, from the US Capitol Building, past the Smithsonian museums to the Lincoln Memorial.